Baby sleep news November 29, 2016

NYU Baby Sleep Study is a citizen science project that relies on the help of parents logging their baby's sleep, eating, and digestion. Each individual contribution combines to create a meaningful dataset. We understand that as a parent, you live a busy life and it can be difficult to track every event on a consistent basis. We suggest that you log consistently for 7 consecutive days, starting at midnight on the day of the week in which your child was born until midnight on the same day of the following week. Then, if needed, take a break before logging consistently for another week. This pattern of logging allows us to carry out a more reliable data analysis than if you log sporadically throughout a week's time. Thank you for your valuable contribution - Baby Sleep Study is not possible without you.

 

Neuron communication channels: How the brain tells us it is time to sleep

By: 
Siddharth Krishna

Why do we feel sleepy at night? What exactly tells us when to fall asleep and when to wake up? It's not just the light or warmth of the sun, for we can feel sleepy even if we are kept in a windowless office.

Recent findings suggest that sleep problems associated with autism may have a genetic basis.  Researchers from Japan sequenced 18 genes that control the body’s circadian rhythms in both people with autism and people without the disorder.  The findings, published in 

By: 
Craig Canapari, MD.

"Pediatricians  frequently recommend melatonin for children with sleep problems, or parents might try it themselves. However, the proper use of melatonin is frequently misunderstood.